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75% say their trust in gov't stats shaky after labor data scandals

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe answers questions from a legislator at a plenary session of the House of Councillors on Feb. 1, 2019. (Mainichi/Masahiro Kawata)

TOKYO -- The approval rating for the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was 38 percent in a Mainichi Shimbun opinion poll conducted Feb. 2-3, an increase of 1 percentage point from the last survey in December. The disapproval rating was 39 percent, down 1 percentage point.

When asked about their reaction to a series of scandals involving labor polls and other important government statistics, 75 percent answered that their trust in public statistics is shaky, while just 12 percent answered that they believe in the government statistics as before.

The telephone survey had responses from 1,023 people across the nation, chosen randomly by computer.


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